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    Win2k low virtual memory error

    I'm using Win2K SP3 on a laptop with 196MB RAM and 3GB free disk. There are 2 partitions, C: with 3GB (600MB free) and D: with 9GB (2.6GB free). Both are formatted NTFS. I manually set my paging file size to 588MB on the D: drive. When I boot the system says my RAM checks out fine.

    The other day I started getting a low virtual memory error when Outlook 2000 starts. I haven't added any new software or changed any configs lately. When Outlook starts my memory monitor (RAMpage) shows that physical memory dives from 70+ MB free to ~4MB free, but it shows tons of virtual memory available. I've tried defragmenting all partitions, running CHKDSK (it found and fixed one bad sector), doubling the size of my pagefile, setting up a pagefile on the C: drive, scanning for viruses, reinstalling Outlook, repairing MS Office, and turning off extraneous apps. I also tried following instructions on another forum that said I should check a box that lets the system manage my virtual memory, but I don't see that option and the recommended steps (setting security on my C: drive so SYSTEM has full rights) didn't work. So far nothing has helped and I'm stumped. Any suggestions?

    FYI, my next planned step is to set my page file to 0, reboot, then set it back to 1.5x RAM. Know of anything better? Or, what do I try if that doesn't work?

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    Re: Win2k low virtual memory error

    The RAMpage result is interesting (and it's funny that program is still around from the old 640K days, 'though presumably much advanced). How large is your default PST file, and how many other PST files do you have in your profile?

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    Re: Win2k low virtual memory error

    They're enormous. The default PST file is 88MB and the archives are 166MB.

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    Re: Win2k low virtual memory error

    It wouldn't hurt to add more Memory. It's fairly cheap now days. And works better then virtual memory.

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    Re: Win2k low virtual memory error

    Actually, I have four PSTs in my profile that weigh in at 934MB <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15> , so you're well under the size an 800MHz P3M with 256MB RAM can tolerate. I think we'll need to look for another theory...

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    Re: Win2k low virtual memory error

    Many times a low virtual memory error is because of a memory leak in an application. You said you have not added any software - other than the Office reinstall. Have you applied all Office 2k updates you need? Have you applied any updates to any other software? Added any hardware? Updated any drivers?

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    Re: Win2k low virtual memory error

    I didn't change anything between the day everything worked fine and the day I started getting the errors. Now, just as mysteriously, the problem has stopped. The last change I made was to give Administrators full rights on my C: drive -- but I still don't see the option to let the system manage my paging file, which is what I was trying to get when I added SYSTEM and Administrators to my rights list. My paging file is currently 650MB (200 on C: and 450 on D -- it was 588 on D: when this problem started. Physical memory is still low -- generally between 30MB and 50MB free when everything's running -- but no longer dives to <4MB when Outlook launches. All of the services and apps that were running when this problem started are running now.

    I'm going to buy a 256MB RAM module and keep my fingers crossed.

    Robert

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